Posts Tagged ‘Evangelium Vitae’

Decline in Morality Leads to Lack of Respect for Life

As any serious Christian knows, human life is a treasure given to us by God Himself. Scripture and the teachings of the Church instruct us that we are all children of God, made in his image and likeness. Christians also realize that God has a place waiting for us in heaven, as long...

Evangelium Vitae – False Freedom at the Root of Abortion

Twenty years ago, Pope Saint John Paul II denounced the moral impoverishment, particularly abortion and euthanasia, that devalues human life in his encyclical Evangelium vitae. He described Christ’s central message that we “may have life, and have it abundantly,” which is the eternal life He came to bring that also gives “full significance” to “all...

The End of the Texas Impasse: The Moral Case for HB 3074

Since 1999, Texas has defined artificially administered nutrition and hydration (AANH) as something that is not morally considered ordinary care. In fact, the law essentially determines that it is a form of medical treatment by stating, “’Life-sustaining treatment’ means treatment that, based on reasonable medical judgment, sustains the life of a patient and without which the patient will die. The term includes both life-sustaining medications and artificial life support, such as mechanical breathing machines,...

The Unhappy Moralist

Jacques Maritain, in Man and the State, makes the comment that “Moralists are unhappy people. When they insist on the immutability of moral principles, they are reproached for imposing unlivable requirements on us.” I dare to modify Maritain’s employment of the word “unhappy”.  Perhaps “frustrated,” even at times, “exasperated,” would be a better choice. But I do think that the committed moralist presses on despite the resistances he encounters because he understands the...

Religious Freedom and the Prophetic Nature of Evangelium Vitae

There are many definitions and descriptions of a prophet. At first consideration, many would typically think of a prophet as one who predicts the future. And yet, we cannot reduce the prophet’s role to merely that; it is much broader. We may think of the prophets of Scripture – major and minor prophets, sometimes willing and sometimes reluctant, those who were heeded and those who weren’t. A prophet is one who is chosen and inspired...

Abortion, Parenthood, and Social Policy

Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote, “A family policy must be the basis and driving force of all social policies” (see Evangelium vitae, no. 90). Why?

The family is the basic building block that is needed in order for society to function properly. When unjust laws exist that are disrespectful to the gift of human life, there will a decline of the family. But how exactly is family life affected?

In his book The...

Media Spin, Human Nature, and Speaking the Truth

Why is it that the New York Times, Time magazine, and all the other tawdry publications simply bash the Catholic Church and never run positive articles?

Could you imagine the following headline: “Amidst Abuse Woes, Pope Offers Compelling Defense of Priestly Celibacy.” Or: “Statistics Show that Homosexuality Plays Major Role in Catholic Abuse Crisis.” No. They only run articles that pre-conform to their worldview and they suppress all other perspectives. How’s that for a...

A Texas-Sized Triumph for Life

On July 1, 2013 a spiritual battle began the likes of which had not been witnessed in Texas. The nation saw the true face of the Culture of Death in many ways when it came to the passage of House Bill 2 (HB 2). With chants of “Hail Satan” and “F— the Church” from pro-abortion activists, people began to observe the real connection between abortion and Satan.

But why was the rhetoric so much...